Friday, December 23, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
I'm not great at this but I'm always trying to do better--as a family we are behind on our advent devotions because of busyness, but I'm not throwing in the towel yet!
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
The countdown has begun in our house—not a day has been missed counting the days until Christmas but I have to confess my December 1st gusto of focusing on love has been distracted.
Comment below and let me know that you are in—share any of your great ideas and encourage us! Maybe we can remind each other that we are not NUTS! And maybe...just maybe our acts of love will ellicit such expressions as this one...out of the mouth and on the face of my babe!
Everyone who shares will be entered into the drawing, which began December 1st. Name drawn will win their own special gift...”A Starbucks Gift Card.”
Monday, December 19, 2011
Can we meet Jesus this week and will you say to Him, “Please show me how to love better.”
Friday, December 16, 2011
A girlfriend pointed me here for the idea.
We are celebrating him today and just got home from bringing his class donuts and later his favorite lunch "Taco Bell" at school!
As I think about making the day special and fun today for my son, I am also thinking about the balance of sharing what I do for FUN! I do not desire to boast or brag--or say, "Look what I am doing..." But truly my heart is to encourage FUN!
I am very aware, that my heart is able to go down the envy road just like anyone else's and I definitely don't want to breed such emptiness--I do believe there is something healthy in us sharing and encouraging FUN!
As a child, I have to say--the FUN department was lacking a bit in my home--and no fault to those around me; I just realize now that God's love is inside of me and there is a happy heart churning inside of me to enjoy life and have FUN!
My other son, who is NOT celebrating his birthday today reminded me this morning maybe just a little speck of why God has wired us for this? Why have FUN...why make the effort?
My son woke up and was at a crossroad...literally in the hallway this morning and seeing the streamers decorated for his brother, he could have chosen to frown and think or say, "I want that!"
(I know we've all been there.)
The first thing out of his mouth after screaming, 'HAPPY BIRTHDAY!' to his brother was..."I love our family...we have FUN!"
|"I had fun with Mom."|
|"YAY! Dad's home!"|
OH, it feels good to have everyone home...I'm ready to have some FUN with my family this weekend. Life is full of both up and down moments and I'm going to squeeze out every drop of FUN AND LOVE in my days!
What do you do to celebrate with your family? Hope my sharing just spurs you on to keep it up and squeeze out the FUN in your day!
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
Today's post is a little taste of my meetings with Him last week...grab your favorite cup of the season and take a short walk with me. I pray your heart will be smiling at the end :)
I read somewhere, either in one of the three books I am reading, or a blog, or a Facebook post, that stress is a choice! I had to chew on that for awhile and realized that yes indeed it is a choice! There are all kinds of things that the enemy tries to use to rob us of peace and he loves to see us stressed out and running after different things distracted from the Prince of Peace.
It is hard not to be busy this time of year, isn't it? We have two birthdays in our house on top of Jesus' this month and it is hard not to get lost in my to do list and how I "want" things to turn out. Even with the best of intentions of making this season wonderful and meaningful and full of love--I can so easily miss the boat and my vessel of love can sink in an instant. God's timing of reminding me of this is impeccable...He spoke to my heart and as I type I am knee deep in stuff getting ready for my boys' birthday celebrations, finishing school projects, decorating, wrapping, cleaning...the list goes on.
So what do we do? We must ask Him to help us and...
MEET WITH JESUS!
I woke up this morning and these words rang in my head and the verse Jer 31:33 which I read that night came back to my mind. It says that God writes on our hearts...His truths--His love! We must spend time allowing Him to do this and REMEMBERING Jesus throughout the day! Yes, the quiet times, the Bible studying, the memorizing of scripture all benefit us, but I've found that I need to open my heart and look for Him throughout the day in my everyday surroundings to see and hear God speaking to me...it's like getting texts, emails and phone calls from Him throughout the day.
Even with the hustle and bustle of the season and days with to do lists much to long, I noticed there are still plenty of opportunities to hear Him speak to us. Have you attended any Christmas programs yet? This one here is one of my bestie's daughter performing "Seasons of Love." While watching this live, I felt God speak to me again the meaning of this season, "We must first receive His love--receive Love--receive Him for He is Love and then, only then can we truly love."
|Go here to see video I posted on Facebook.|
|Joshua playing trumpet in his first band performance.|
|Jacob helping with laundry.|
|Jacob overcoming obstacles.|
|JD with our new friend Cruz.|
I realized this week that I felt the most loved through whispers I was still enough to hear. My family this week is getting ready to celebrate two of the most precious gifts in our lives but we are also going to focus on loving those around us. I will post more about this later...
What are some simple ways that you are choosing to let your love overflow this week? Please share with us--not in a way to boast of course, but there is something healthy and contagious when we give each other ideas and permission to simply listen and love!
I'm encouraging girlfriends here to post their ideas and pictures. Join us as we encourage each other to meet with Jesus and love this week. Sunlight pours from His face (Matt 17:2)...let's seek His face this season; for someone is bound to see Him radiating from you and thus meet Him too!
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Well, this is not what I had intended to post...but with some minor hard drive issues on my laptop I'm needing to go with plan B this week and actually as I sense the nudge to focus on Jesus during this season and I see others around me taking a vacation. I'm going to take this Cyber Blog Sabbath (Sure is fun to write and make up words) and hault from posting here until 2012.
The New Year is coming soon!
Please continue to join me on Facebook (I can easily post there with my pad but my writings I have stored will just have to wait for the new year!)
Also, don't forget to check out my FB Page "Princess Path." https://www.facebook.com/pages/Princess-Path/131673090271327. Where I will be sharing some joys through this season and hope to see other princesses encouraging others to love during this Christmas season.
Looking forward to writing and chatting with you in the New Year!